On December 14, 1943, Captain Triquet’s company, augmented by an Ontario Tank Regiment squadron, fiercely assaulted the fortified Casa Berardi. Enemy resistance cut them off from the rest of the regiment. Triquet rallied his men by saying, "The enemy is before us, behind us, and on our flanks; the only safe place is the target." With only fifteen men and three tanks remaining, he continued to advance. By the time the regiment finally sent reinforcements the next day, Triquet’s group had repelled numerous counter-attacks. Triquet’s sense of duty and leadership earned him the Victoria Cross.

He was the first Canadian to be so decorated during the Italian campaign and the only member of the Royal 22e Régiment to receive the Victoria Cross during the Second World War.

Brigadier-General Triquet was born in Cabano, Quebec, on April 2, 1910. In 1927, he enlisted in the Canadian military’s Permanent Force. At the beginning of the Second World War he was a member of the Royal 22e Régiment and went overseas with the unit in December 1939. He returned to Canada in 1940 where he worked as an instructor. After being promoted to Lieutenant, he once again went to the United Kingdom, and then to Sicily, in August 1943. On December 13, 1943, he was promoted to Major. This was the eve of what was to become the historic battle of Casa Berardi, during which he earned the Victoria Cross for his remarkable courage. The spirited example he set was a source of inspiration for everyone.

The victory at Casa Berardi made it possible for a French division fighting nearby to repel assaults by a division of German parachutists. When the French division staff learned that the troops who had made their success possible were French Canadian, they sent liaison officers to the site to establish the facts. As a result of the investigation, Triquet, after his return to Canada, was made a Knight of the (French) Legion of Honour for distinguished military service. The ambassador of the Free French to the United States went to Montreal in April 1944 to preside at the awarding of the decoration. General Triquet was the first Canadian to receive the Knight of the Legion of Honour during the Second World War.

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